Program Information

Stingrays’ FUNdamentals Swim School: Learn to Swim Program

Program Coordinator: Sophie Paridaen van Veen sophie@duncanstingrays.com

NCCP AAD phase: Active Start & FUNdamentals

Program commitment: 1 – 3 sessions per week

 

Equipment required for Stingrays’ FUNdamentals Swim School:

  • Bathing suit
  • Goggles

 

Active Start (Pre FUNdamentals)

Prerequisite: swim 10m unassisted – in any fashion, just all by themselves = Red Cross Swim Kids 2 completed.

This program is the first step in the development of a young swimmer; typically ages 5 – 6yrs of age.  Essential skills include familiarity with the water environment including the introductions to the basics of our sport in floatation, propulsion, transfer of body weight, streamlines, kicking.

 

FUNdamentals Stage 1

Prerequisite: swim 25m unassisted = Red Cross Swim Kids 4 completed.

This program is the second step in the development of the young swimmer; typically 6 – 7yrs of age.  Basics of floatation/propulsion/streamlining skills are improved upon.

Swimmers will learn the basics of all 4 Swimming strokes right from the start:

  • Freestyle
  • Backstroke
  • Breaststroke
  • Butterfly

Focus for this level is learning the basics of floatation and body position.  Propulsion with the legs ie "kick" is also a major component of this level of Swimming.  The basics of each stroke’s turns along with the standing dive are developed.

 

FUNdamentals Stage 2

Prerequisite: swim 25m Freestyle, 25m Backstroke, familiarity of Breaststroke, Butterfly kick.

This program is the third step in the development of a young swimmer; typically 7 – 8yrs of age.  Skills from the previous levels are developed further.  Swimmers will learn how to more efficiently connect the arms & legs to form the 4 Swimming strokes: Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly. 

Focus for this level is mastering the basics of floatation, body position, and propulsion with the legs ie "kick" is also a major component of this level of Swimming.  The rules for each of the Strokes in the Sport of Swimming are also expanded upon along with the of each stroke’s specific turns.

 

FUNdamentals Stage 3

Prerequisite: swim 50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 25m Breaststroke, familiarity of the full Butterfly stroke

This program is the fourth step in the development of a young swimmer; typically 7 – 9yrs of age.  Full strokes of Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Freestyle are developed, along with turns, underwaters, finishes, dive starts and back starts.

The rules for each of the Strokes in the Sport of Swimming are reinforced and swimmers will work to expand their endurance.

 

COSTS:

  1. Annual: $48 SwimBC Non Competitive Registration
  2. Annual: $20 DST Account Activation Fee
  3. Annual: $100 Family Participation Points (FPP) 
    • FPPs are credited when volunteering at a single Stingrays session throughout the Stingrays 22/23 season
    • $100 per each additional member
       
  4. Cycle cost: $225 (1 day/wk) / $360 (2 days/wk) / $477 (3 days/wk)
    "Cycle" is defined as a 3month block*:
    • Sept 19 - Dec 30
    • Jan 3 - Mar 25
    • Mar 27 - Jun 24

*fees are calculated on an annual basis (9mo) and divided equally amongst the 3 Cycles, accounting for stat holidays, scheduled Winter & Spring Breaks, etc.

Details on the points above can be found within the DST Registration Information Booklet

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GROUP MOVEMENTS & Swim School completion:

Swimmers will typically train with their registered group with the flexibility of swimming with joining into a more skilled / less skilled group dependent upon their needs per the stroke of the day.  Upon completion of the Cycle, all members will receive a Progress Report which outlines their swimmer's progress over the Cycle and their suggested group for the next Cycle.  Swimmers who anticipate to be moving into D Group / SwimActive upon completion of FUNdamentals Stage 3, will be offered 'visits' to their next group to promote familiarity and confidence.  Swimmers are welcome to then move up to their next group at their pace; typically done in concert with the end/start of Cycles. 

 

Duncan Swim Team's Competitive Programs

The Stingrays' Competitive programs are based upon the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) strategy created by Swimming/Natation Canada.  All Stingrays staff are trained and certified with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and are members of the Canadian Swim Coaches Association (CSCA)

 

The Stingrays' competitive swim groups include:

  • D Group: 2 - 4 water sessions per week
  • C Group: 3 - 7 sessions per week
  • B Group: 5 - 11 sessions per week
  • A Group: 7 - 13 sessions per week

Entrance into each of the above levels of the Duncan Swim Team require specific knowledge and skills so all placements are assigned by the Stingrays Staff in combination with the Swimmer's proven commitment.  Skills for each level is specific, but not limited to each swimmer's physical, mental, technical, tactical, strategic, social, and emotional development.

 

COSTS:

  1. Annual:
    • $101 SwimBC Competitive 8yrs&U Insurance "FUNdamental"
    • $121 SwimBC Competitive 9/10yrs Insurance "Skills"
    • $163 SwimBC Competitive 11-14yrs Insurance "Development"
    • $205 SwimBC Competitive 15yrs&O Insurance "Open"
  2. Annual:
    • $50 DST Account Activation Fee
  3. Annual: Family Participation Points (FPP) 
    FPPs are calculated at the highest commitment of a single swimmer from your household.  Each additional swimmer = $100 per regardless of their Group.
    FPPs are credited when volunteering at a single Stingrays session throughout the Stingrays 22/23 season
    • $300 = 3 sessions D Group
    • $400 = 4 sessions C Group
    • $500 = 5 sessions B Group
    • $600 = 6 sessions A Group
       
  4. Monthly:
    • $203 D group / $147 D group: entry level
    • $250 C group
    • $303 B group
    • $355 A group
      --> Oct 1 - June 1 minimum with the option of including July 

The Stingrays' Active For Life programs are based upon the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) strategy created by Swimming/Natation Canada.  All Stingrays staff are trained and certified with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and are members of the Canadian Swimming Coaches Association (CSCA).

Our Active For Life program is primarily Non Competitive and includes:

  • SwimActive: age group to 17yrs
  • Masters: adult age 18yrs minimum
  • Solo Stingrays: private sessions for all ages

The main goal of this program is to provide the opportunity for all who want to swim "a lane for all".  It is primarily Non Competitive but members of our Competitive program are welcome to book sessions with the Solo Stingrays to hone their skills beyond their regular group sessions.

 


Fit 4 Life Program

Program Coordinator: Sophie Paridaen van Veen sophie@duncanstingrays.com

NCCP AAD phase: Fit for Life

Program commitment: 1 – 3 sessions per week

SwimActive & Masters:

For swimmers who have graduated from the Stingrays' Active Start program and are looking to continue on with their Swimming:

  • SwimActive: age group to 17yrs 
  • Masters: adult 18yrs minimum

This program is directed towards those whose focus is more on fitness than competing.  Members will be taught and trained in preparation for racing so should each participant choose to compete, they will be ready!

 

COSTS:

  1. Annual:
    1. $48 Age Group SwimBC Registration: Non Competitive
      OR
    2. $49 Masters SwimBC Registration (18yrs & Over only)
    3. $205 Masters - Open SwimBC Registration (Competitive)
  2. Annual: $20 DST Account Activation Fee
  3. Annual: Family Participation Points (FPP)
    1. $100 to be held in trust by the Duncan Swim Team.  Families can 'earn' their $100 by volunteering for 1 session at a DST related event
  4. Annual Dues divided up into 3 Cycles (3 mo period)
    1. $477: 3 sessions / wk
    2. $360: 2 sessions / wk
    3. $225: 1 session / wk

 


Solo Stingrays:

Looking for some one on one private sessions with a Stingrays Coach?  

New back this season we are offering Solo Stingrays sessions for the Valley and for all ages.  Maximum 2 swimmers per session is considered provided they are of the same immediate family. 

Costs:

  1. $48 annual Age Group SwimBC Non Competitive Insurance
  2. $20 annual DST Account Activation Fee
  3. per session cost is at the discretion of each DST Staff member.  Please contact leanne@duncanstingrays.com for a listing of each DST Staff member's credentials and rate.  

PLEASE NOTE: the Solo Stingrays program is ineligible for the 2wk free trial but each swimmer will have the 2wk free trial option upon joining regular group programming.